More than half of UK homes haven't been tested for a cancer-causing gas

More than half of UK homes haven't been tested for a cancer-causing gas - which is found in EVERY hous

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 14:40, Fri, Jan 24, 2020

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Radon is a natural radioactive gas emitted from rocks and soils and is the top cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Reassuringly, levels of radon tend to be low indoors - but higher levels pose a serious health risk and there's no way of knowing how severe levels are without testing.

Despite the possible health impact, two thirds of adults don't know what radon is and that it can cause cancer.

The research of 2,000 adults, commissioned by smart radon and indoor air quality monitor manufacturers Airthings, found six in 10 haven't given any thought to the health impact of the air in their homes.


A spokesman for Airthings said: "Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

"In fact, radon-induced lung cancer kills more people than house fires and carbon monoxide combined.

"It's an invisible radioactive gas with no smell or taste and comes from rocks and soil.

"Low levels can be found in the air outside however levels of radon can be higher inside buildings - homes included."

UK homes also contain gasses called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, although not lethal like radon, can cause headaches, sore throats and fatigue.

But the study found eight in 10 have no idea what VOCs are and 80 percent are unaware they can cause eye, nose and throat irritation.

The compounds can be released when doing a number of apparently harmless everyday activities such as burning scented candles, using non-organic cleaning products and even when cooking.

Further to this, nine in 10 regularly do things in their home which could increase levels of radon and VOCs.

Almost half don't open the windows when cooking, 42 percent

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